Sport Federer comes through stern Zverev test to reach semis

01:45  15 november  2017
01:45  15 november  2017 Source:   Omnisport

Fed: 'Zverev is the full package'

  Fed: 'Zverev is the full package' Roger Federer labelled prodigy Alexander Zverev as "the full package" after beating the German to book his place in the ATP Finals knock-out stages. The world No 2 marched into the semi-finals once again on Tuesday but he made hard work of the task before finally prevailing 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 6-1 in a high-quality battle of the generations with Zverev.The triumph put the 19-times Grand Slam champion through - the 14th time he has made the last four in 15 appearances - with the tournament still only three days old.

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Four-time champion Roger Federer took apart Mischa Zverev 6-1 7-5 6-2 with a clinical display of all-court tennis to reach his 13th Australian Open semi -final in 92 minutes on Tuesday.

RogerFederer-Cropped: Roger Federer celebrates his win over Alexander Zverev © Provided by Omnisport Roger Federer celebrates his win over Alexander Zverev

Roger Federer overcame a stern test from Alexander Zverev to progress to the semi-finals of the ATP Finals with a three-set win on Tuesday.

With Jack Sock having beaten Marin Cilic earlier in the day, the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion knew he would clinch a place in the last four with victory,

Zverev has charged sharply up the rankings and now sits at third in the world, and the 20-year-old's contest with the 19-time grand slam winner was billed as a battle between the master and the apprentice.

It was the master who prevailed on this occasion, but only after he had received a significant examination from the German in what was the fifth match out of six at the season-ending showpiece to go the distance, with Federer eventually prevailing 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 6-1.

'Wonderful opportunity for Zverev'

  'Wonderful opportunity for Zverev' "This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the huge talent he has," Barry Cowan and Leif Shiras look ahead to Alexander Zverev's clash with Roger Federer.Barry Cowan and Leif Shiras believe Alexander Zverev must play an "ultra-aggressive" game in order to down Roger Federer in their crunch ATP Finals clash on Tuesday night - live only on Sky Sports.

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Zverev now must win his final clash in Group Boris Becker with Sock to seal his spot in the last four.

If an illustration of the challenge Zverev presents was needed, it was provided when Federer was forced to save three break points in the opening game, the Swiss then seeing one go begging in the subsequent game.

The fact that an exasperated Federer shouted, 'Come on!' as early as the fifth game after winning a point to go 40-30 ahead was a further compliment to Zverev, who summoned his resolve to withstand a late barrage, saving two set points in his last service game to force a tie-break.

'Wonderful opportunity for Zverev'

  'Wonderful opportunity for Zverev' "This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the huge talent he has," Barry Cowan and Leif Shiras look ahead to Alexander Zverev's clash with Roger Federer.Barry Cowan and Leif Shiras believe Alexander Zverev must play an "ultra-aggressive" game in order to down Roger Federer in their crunch ATP Finals clash on Tuesday night - live only on Sky Sports.

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He then raced into a 4-0 lead in the breaker, only for Federer to rattle off eight of the next 10 points - saving a set point in the process - to forge ahead.

Federer hit 17 winners to his opponent's 10 in the first set and it looked as if he would canter to a routine victory when he broke in the first game of the second courtesy of a lifeless Zverev drop shot before holding to love.

But again Zverev's admirable resilience came to the fore, a poor Federer volley giving him enough room to nail a forehand down the line and get the set back on serve.

Some strong serving and a deft backhand volley stopped Zverev from claiming the double break at 4-3 up, but Federer's backhand escaped him in the final game of the set.

Zverev surged into a 40-0 lead and, after seeing two break points squandered, clinched the third when Federer sent a cross-court shot wide at the end of a superb rally.

However, an errant cross-court backhand from the 20-year-old gave Federer the initiative and a 2-1 lead in the third, and this time there was no way back.

Sock joins Federer in semis

  Sock joins Federer in semis Jack Sock joined Roger Federer in the last four of the ATP Finals on Thursday after upsetting Alexander Zverev in a thriller. Six-time champion Federer finished the round-robin stage with a three-set win over Marin Cilic at The O2 earlier in the day and world No 9 Sock went through in second position with a 6-4 1-6 6-4 success over Zverev.Zverev failed to find any rhythm with his forehand early on and looked to be suffering some early jitters. It came as no surprise when he was broken in the seventh game.

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The double break came in short order as Zverev's forehand fell apart in the fifth game and, though Federer's serve came under some pressure in the next, he made no mistake in progressing to the semis for the 14th time in 15 tournament appearances.

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Federer [2] bt Zverev [3] 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 6-1

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Federer – 26/38
Zverev – 20/45

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Federer 6/2
Zverev 8/8

BREAK POINTS WON
Federer – 4/8
Zverev – 2/11

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Federer - 53
Zverev - 63

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Federer - 83/54
Zverev - 73/43

TOTAL POINTS
Federer - 109
Zverev - 96

Nadal to face Dimitrov at ATP Finals .
World No 1 Rafael Nadal will face Grigor Dimitrov in the group stages of the ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena.World No 1 Rafael Nadal will face Grigor Dimitrov in the group stages of the ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena while Roger Federer comes up against Alexander Zverev.

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